Clark Collis
December 02, 2009 AT 10:50 PM EST

The nominations for the 2010 Grammy awards are announced tonight and CBS is broadcasting a special noms TV special featuring performances from the Black Eyed Peas and Nick Jonas at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The Music Mix will be covering, and ruminating on, the whole shebang. But to forestall unnecessary “Why did my favorite artist not get nominated for Song of the Year/Album of the Year/Best Polka Album?”-style headscratching, we thought it would be worth reminding everyone of some important Grammy rules.

Of course, one of the reasons your favorite artist may not get nominated for Song of the Year/Album of the Year/Best Polka Album is because the 12,000 voting members of the Recording Academy do not believe said artist’s output to be up to snuff. However, it is also worth remembering that the eligibility period for the 52nd Grammy Awards—which you can watch on Sunday, January 31 from 8pm ET/PT—was between October 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009. So if you’re one of the 700,000 people who bought Susan Boyle’s CD last week and are hoping it will be nominated,  you’re going to be sorely disappointed. On the other hand, the rules state that if an individual track “first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year,” then it can be nominated for categories like Song of the Year and Record of the Year, even if the parent album as released outside the period of eligibility.

Confused? Hopefully not. Oh, one more thing: if you do find yourself wondering why your favorite artist hasn’t been nominated for Best Polka Album, it’s because that category has been discontinued, probably due to the fact that it was always won by Jimmy Sturr (who expressed his displeasure about that state of affairs to the Music Mix earlier this year).

Will you be watching the Grammy nominations show tonight? Who would you like to see get nominated?

More from EW.com’s Music Mix:

Susan Boyle scores year’s biggest sales week by far; Andrea Bocelli, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna sell well

Michael Jackson tops 2009 Google and Yahoo searches

Amazon gives away Gaga, Tori Amos MP3s in ‘25 Days of Free’ promotion

Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, U2: Who will be nominated for Grammys tomorrow?

HBO airs Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts: Your favorite moments?

Lupe Fiasco raps over Radiohead’s ‘National Anthem’

Photo Credit: Dimitri Daniloff

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